Fort Wayne, IN, June 25, 2013
— Sweetwater Sound, the third largest retailer of music
instruments and pro audio equipment in the U.S., has announced that
GearFest 2013 was a bigger success than ever, breaking every record
established by previous GearFest events. Launched in 2002,
Sweetwater’s annual GearFest is the nation’s largest end-user-oriented
music and pro audio festival, featuring exhibits from more than 200
manufacturers; workshops, clinics, and seminars; live demos; special
performances; a musician’s flea market; and much
This year’s two-day event, which took place
June 21 and 22 at Sweetwater’s campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana, provided
even more opportunities for thousands of musicians, engineers, and
producers to participate in the festivities, with
customers traveling from all over the world to participate.
was record-breaking, with more than 7,000 participants, up from 6,000
in 2012, and with sales up by more than 36% over GearFest 2012.
‘13 hosted a multitude of guests from all areas of the music industry
for exciting performances and workshops. This year’s featured speakers
guitarist Bill Kelliher, guitarist Gary Hoey, bass player Billy
Sheehan, drummer Terry Bozzio, record producer Jack Douglas,
producer/engineer Frank Filipetti, producer/engineer Fab Dupont, mixer
Chris Lord-Alge, live sound engineer Rick Camp, and many others.
To celebrate its 130th anniversary, Gretsch provided the festival’s closing event, featuring Australian singer/songwriter and guitarist Joe
Robinson, and power pop band Fountains of Wayne.
Sweetwater’s own Editorial Director and guitarist Mitch Gallagher demonstrated the “Tones of the Pros,” from his recent book
Guitar Tone: Pursuing the Ultimate Guitar Sound.
In total, GearFest included more than 140
workshops and seminars on guitar, recording, and live sound, music
creation with computers, acoustics, songwriting, and how to use
electronic instruments. Freddy DeMarco, Craig Thatcher,
Brent Mason, and dozens of other nationally known artists performed on
the latest new guitars, keyboards, and drums.
More than 200 manufacturers of musical
instruments, music technology, and audio equipment were on hand to give
GearFest attendees a look at the latest gear.
In addition, hourly prizes were given away, totaling more than $54,000 worth of music instruments and equipment.
Twelve tents full of instruments, live sound
and pro-audio gear, included one devoted just to IOS hardware and music
applications for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
For those who couldn’t attend GearFest in
person, videos, photos, and hourly updates were posted to Sweetwater’s
popular FaceBook page, as well as to YouTube, and sent via Twitter. For
viewing videos and photos from GearFest 2013,
Sweetwater’s FaceBook page is at:
Also, more than 55 videos, including
interviews, product demos, and live performances, were recorded and will
be posted on YouTube throughout July. Those already posted are viewable
at this YouTube playlist:
Sweetwater Founder and President Chuck
Surack remarked, “GearFest just continues to grow and grow. I’m so proud
of everyone involved, from our loyal venders to our dedicated
employees, for creating such a remarkable two days of music,
education, and fun. GearFest is truly becoming a signature event in the